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Overcoming the ‘war’ in your work place


Pastor David Adeoye

Those who rebuilt the broken walls of Jerusalem did their work with one hand and held weapons of war with the other hand. This shows that there is ‘war,’ even in the workplace. Every business and career has its own challenges.
Someone once said: “The road that has no obstacle, leads nowhere.” The challenges in our workplaces come in different shapes and sizes. Some of them are inevitable, so you must know how to channel them for your good. A “war-free” business is most likely to be a worthless business.

During World War II, Studdard Kennedy was a chaplain. He was always positioned to minister in places of danger to his life. One day, he wrote a letter to his 10-year-old son, as he was passing through France. In this letter, he asked his son to pray for him, not saying “God, keep daddy safe,” but “God, make daddy brave, and if daddy has a hard thing to do, make him strong to do them.”


You don’t need a challenge-free workplace. You only need to be brave and strong to face the challenges in your workplace. I don’t think there is any profitable venture that is without pressure. The little boy was asked not to pray to God to put his father in a safe zone, but to make him capable of facing whatever confronts him.

Most adversities in your workplace are to your advantage. Most of the challenges in your career are channels to legendary. Stop complaining about the challenges you are facing at work. Start confronting them with optimism and courage.

There is a Nigerian adage that says, “Whoever is mindful of the sharpness of the axe, will not eat the honey inside the rock.” If you are too mindful of the price, you may never get the prize. If you want to go places, you must be prepared to climb mountains.
“If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses…” Jer.12: 5(NIV).The challenges in Jeremiah’s workplace were much and he called on God for deliverance. God replied him saying, “If racing against mere men makes you tired, how will you race against horses?” God simply meant, “If you think this is insurmountable, how are you going to cope when you get to higher altitudes?

It is time to approach all the challenges in your business with optimism. It is time to be courageous enough to confront the things that used to scare you in your workplace and say to yourself, “if history has the record of successful men and women, who have broken through barriers, my case will not be different from theirs.” The things that look difficult in your workplace can become an instrument God will use to make your generation discover the stuff you are made of. Without Goliath, David would not have been discovered by his generation. Oppositions are raw materials for promotion.
“If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.” Prov.24: 10.When Moses was born, it was the attack on newborn male children of Israelites from Pharaoh that ushered Moses into the palace. If there were no attacks on newborn male children then, Moses might never have had the opportunity of being raised in the palace.
Persecution At The Workplace
“And the king gave the command and they brought those men who accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions them, their children and their wives; and the lions overpowered them, and broke all their bones in pieces before they ever came to the bottom of the den…so this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.” Dan.6: 24, 28.

The gang-up against Daniel in his workplace led to his promotion and prosperity. I have observed that most of the time, when people are persecuted unjustly in their workplace, the story always ends in their favour. Those who do wicked things to other people never escape the consequences of their deeds. God can’t be mocked, whatever a man sows; he will surely reap (Gal.6: 7).

Don’t panic if you find yourself in this kind of situation; just trust God for your victory. Keep your head straight and keep doing the right thing; and everything will be all right, as you refuse to throw in the towel in defeat.

“And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled” 1 Pet.3: 13, 14.


If you don’t have any ‘skeleton’ in your cupboard, nobody will be able to harm you. If you are in doubt of this, ask Joseph. His innocence later spoke for him. Likewise Daniel, God stood by him.

“For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men,” 1 Pet.2: 15.Two wrongs don’t make a right. Good will always overcomes evil. Nothing can be done against the truth but for the truth. You just keep doing what is right and everything will soon be alright.

Friction makes motion possible. The same way persecution at work should keep you on your toes and reveal the potential in you. When God sets a table for you in the presence of your enemies, then you will be vigilant. But if the table is in a trouble free environment, you may be a little careless. So, the presence of your enemies is good for you, ultimately. You will not but sit, and be determined to excel.

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